THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE HORSE. IT STRIVES TO SIMPLIFY RIDING FOR BOTH HORSE AND RIDER.

Why the name ‘equine indaba’? Indaba is an African word meaning ‘a meeting, conference to discuss ideas’. This site is thus a meeting place for brain storming, inspiration, for sharing knowledge. It is for learning and teaching and for finding the most empathetic way of riding.

Riders and trainers often say that the horse cannot or that the rider cannot. What they are actually saying is that they cannot do it or teach it. We don’t know what we don’t know. Therefore, what we know is our whole truth. This is the reason we often say that the horse or the rider cannot.

This site is here to show that all riders can and all horses can. It is a matter of getting a clear message across to horse and/or rider.

Traditionally we have always been told that learning to ride well and training a horse is a long process. This is not true. If the message is clear, the horse and the rider will learn the first time they are asked. The information on this website will show that the art of riding is both easy and fast to learn. It is not dependent on mystery, but on pure logic.

Karin Blignault’s training system has a solid foundation in the biomechanics of both horse and rider. She has done in depth studies on the subject both at university as well as in her research for her internationally acclaimed books and DVDs.

Teaching the rider the feel of how to move the horse’s ribcage and weight to the outside.
Giving the rider the feel of correct contact on the reins and how to ask the horse to maintain the round flexion frame.

Her training methods are based on teaching riders correct body use. By correcting body use, the rider’s position improves automatically whereas focussing on a correct position causes rider rigidity. A rigid body cannot be athletic. A rigid body cannot coordinate. Without good gross and fine motor coordination, a rider cannot communicate with the horse in a clear unambiguous body language. Without a clear body language horses are left in the dark and become confused. Confusion in horses leads to anxiety. Anxiety in horses leads to flight/fright behaviour. Flight/fright behaviour leads to negative riding. And so develops a vicious circle.

This site will help riders to solve their riding problems in clear logical explanations.

Karin Blignault’s training system has a solid foundation in the biomechanics of both horse and rider. She has done in depth studies on the subject both at university as well as in her research for her internationally acclaimed books and DVDs.

Her training methods are based on teaching riders correct body use. By correcting body use, the rider’s position improves automatically whereas focussing on a correct position causes rider rigidity. A rigid body cannot be athletic. A rigid body cannot coordinate. Without good gross and fine motor coordination, a rider cannot communicate with the horse in a clear unambiguous body language. Without a clear body language horses are left in the dark and become confused. Confusion in horses leads to anxiety. Anxiety in horses leads to flight/fright behaviour. Flight/fright behaviour leads to negative riding. And so develops a vicious circle.

This site will help riders to solve their riding problems in clear logical explanations.